“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
Agreement is the key to every relationship. A marriage will never make it if all the couple does is focus on their disagreements instead of their agreements. A church cannot thrive if the people of that church don’t focus on what they agree about instead of fighting over their disagreements. One of the reasons the tensions are so high in America is because of the news media’s focus on the disagreements in America instead of focusing upon what we do agree about. The hope of any organization or relationship is to get to the agreement and work with that. There are several things the verse above is teaching the believer about agreement that can help you in your service for the LORD.
First, this verse is not saying that they didn’t have disagreements. In fact, the opposite is true. The fact that God states, “except they be agreed,” indicates that there was disagreement. You will not always agree with everyone, but you must not let your disagreement destroy the agreement in your relationship. You will lose great relationships if all you do is focus on your disagreements with the other person.
Second, this verse is saying that they walked together with what they agreed upon. There were disagreements with the two walking together in the verse above, but they chose to lay aside the disagreement and focus upon the agreement. You will not always agree with people, but you could get along with them if you chose to lay aside your disagreement so you can enjoy your agreements together. Don’t let your disagreements destroy your agreements.
Third, walking comes before agreement. This verse is saying that they discovered who they agreed with as they walked. Agreement before walking always leads to compromise. Agreement is a result, not a discovery. The key to quality relationships; get busy walking in the LORD’s work and you will discover many around you who agree with you. The mistake many people make is they are looking for people with whom they agree instead of working and discovering those who agree with them in the work. Great friendships are built in the yoke of serving God, not in the search for great friendships. When you are working for the LORD, you will find around you others who have the heart for the LORD; thus, great relationships are kindled as you walk together.
Fourth, they agreed because they communicated. One of the greatest reasons people have disagreements is because they fail to communicate. You are going to struggle to walk together if you don’t communicate with each other as you are walking. Most disagreements are misunderstandings because of a lack of communication. You must not assume that people know what you are thinking because people are not mind readers. The only way anyone will know what the other one is doing or thinking is if there is communication. Communication is the key to continuing to walk together in the agreement.
Fifth, they agreed because they walked. My friend, don’t stop walking because walking is what keeps you agreed. Agreement is the result of action, and when the action stops, disagreement will follow. If you want to enjoy every relationship in your life, you must continue to work together. Yes, you will have disagreements, but if you learn to communicate, you will find the action of walking will keep you focused on what you are doing and agreement will be kept.